Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Two weeks ago the concert started off with Funeral Music for Queen Mary (after Henry Purcell), a modernist riff on the 17th century English composer by Steven Stucky which Salonen had commissioned while leading the LA Philharmonic. The orchestra was brass and percussion heavy with no strings, and this was followed by Britten's Les Illuminations song cycle where the chamber orchestra was nothing but strings. Soprano Julia Bullock sang the obscure French poetry with such conviction and resounding beauty that I for one was stunned, and it helped that I had bought a rush ticket for the front row and was able to hear her full blast. The seating didn't work so well for Ravel's Mother Goose Suite in the second half because the colorful writing for the back of the orchestra (winds, brass, percussion) becomes muffled. (All orchestra photos are by Brandon Patoc.)
I heard the half-hour concerto in 2011 with the SF Symphony and soloist Leila Josefowicz, for whom the concerto had been written, and she was back with the composer conducting again in 2020.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, is a new exhibit at the Asian Art Museum laid out amusingly as 12 steps to enlightenment rather than an art history survey.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Friday, February 07, 2020
Joshua Kosman's review at SFGate, he mentions that the musical score "kept making head fakes toward vivid Latin dance rhythms but then stopping as soon as anyone had something to say," which was my impression too. I have loved every piece of music I've heard from Benavides over the years, but this felt way too talky rather than lyrical.
Sunday, February 02, 2020
Faith Ringgold's 1967 American People Series #18, The Flag Is Bleeding.
John T. Riddle Jr.'s 1970 Gradual Troop Withdrawal, referencing the noxious, lying phrase that the U.S. government used during the Vietnam War.
Raymond Saunders's 1971 Jack Johnson, featuring the famous black boxer without arms...
Emma Amos's paean to the woman who helped to allow her to work as an artist, Eva the Babysitter...
Wadsworth Jarrell's psychedelic 1971 Revolutionary (Angela Davis).
Sam Gilliam's 1970 Carousel Change with its colored canvases hung up like sheets on a clothesline.
Fred Eversley, represented by the 1975 Untitled (parabolic lens, unique asymetrically center), 1975
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